The Albino Skunk Music Festival takes place on the grounds of Glynn and Susan Zeigler’s place north of Greer, outside of Greenville, S.C.In addition to a full weekend line up of music, there are also two “de Tour de Skunk” charity Saturday morning bike rides from the 2014 SpringSkunk Music Fest. Proceeds benefit Musician’s Medical Relief. The price is $40, and for that you’ll get a commemorative shirt and some riding snacks and such.Visit AlbinoSkunk.com to purchase tickets and for all details!Camping is the best way to enjoy the Albino Skunk Music Festival. The SkunkFarm has many great places to camp, so come early to reserve your favorite spot! All vehicles remaining on SkunkFarm property overnight must pay the camping fee. (All violators will be towed.) Camping passes are sold per vehicle, so pack yours full of Skunk-goers! You will be asked to remove your dog from the property if they are disruptive, aggressive, unleashed and/or poop without the owner cleaning up after it.Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 10.Thursday, April 10th Schedule:3:30 Darby Wilcox4:45 Underhill Rose6:05 Jon Stickley Trio7:30 Kevin Abernathy8:55 New Country Rehab10:20 Love CanonFriday, April 11th Schedule:2:40 Jacob Johnson3:45 Erin McDermott5:00 Jeff Sipe Trio6:15 Poor Old Shine7:30 Missy Raines8:55 Big Sandy10:20 The Whiskey GentrySaturday, April 12th Schedule:9:30 Yoga Skunkin’ @ Circus Tent11:30 Nathan Reich12:40 The Barefoot Movement1:40 Shannon Whitworth Band2:00 JuiceBox @ the Kiddie Stage2:40 The Fox Fire3:50 The Brothers Comatose4:00 Sol Driven Train @ the Kiddie Stage4:50 The Barefoot Movement5:00 Dr. Banjo Bluegrass Jam Demo @ Peach Pickin’ Shed5:55 Shannon Whitworth Band7:00 Andrew Combs8:10 Poor Old Shine9:20 The Brothers Comatose10:30 Sol Driven Train
Why we made this:We know these are unparalleled and challenging times for so many. This video is the first in a three-part series of taking care during tough times. First, I’m joined by Amy Downs, the President & CEO of Allegiance Credit Union and Leo Ardine, the President and CEO of United Teletech Financial Federal Credit Union, for a quick discussion on taking care of yourself.In the midst of a crisis, self care is not only critical for your own wellbeing, but also essential for effective leadership of others. Both Amy and Leo are well-known leaders in the credit union space and have significant wisdom and experience to offer on this topic. Our conversation ranges from how to breathe effectively and fill up your own “buckets,” to good decision-making and how to not be “crunchy.” Stay tuned for part two of the series coming soon.Listen to more:Listen to The CUInsight Experience Podcast featuring Amy Downs – Resist complacency (#38)Listen to The CUInsight Experience Podcast featuring Leo Ardine – Searching inside yourself (#21)Listen to The CUInsight Experience Podcast featuring Lauren Culp – Looking forward (#39)Video highlights:1:35 – Leo shares how mindfulness can really help during a time like this4:05 – Leo leads Amy and Lauren in a breathing exercise6:20 – Amy shares her experience with a different crisis, the Oklahoma City Bombing in 19959:14 – Amy explains how going through that crisis changed how her leadership approach now (over-communicating is important)12:43 – Leo shares on resilience, connection points, and perspective-taking13:30 – Lauren asks, how does self-care link to effective leadership?13:47 – Amy says, “If you are not taking care of yourself, you can’t take care of other people.”14:25 – Leo talks about when his team can tell he is getting “crunchy,” and how he loads up on other self-care practices15:51 – Leo gives tips to overcome decision fatigue and challenging the other side of your brain17:45 – Lauren asks, how can leaders make good decisions under pressure?19:30 – Amy and Leo share their one “most critical” takeaway ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Details read more
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Everything is different today in financial services.That means your credit union.For the past decade, many credit union executives smiling agreed that they needed to make changes to keep pace with the mega banks—but times have been good and talk was cheap. Almost all clung to their traditional, branch-centric financial services practices.The branch is king, long live the branch!Except no more.In many states, branches have been closed for months.
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Health authorities in Central Java have forced two women to self-isolate after they had planned to visit shopping centers despite having tested positive for COVID-19.The women, who are residents of Semarang and were only identified as F and L, reportedly had a conversation on WhatsApp, in which one of them allegedly prodded the other to spread the virus.Screen captures of the alleged chat went viral on social media. Hakam said the Karanganyar Community Health Center (Puskesmas) had traced the contacts of F and L as well as their families, and some of their family members subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus.However, they were allowed to undergo self-isolation with close monitoring by the authorities as they showed only mild symptoms.L and her two children were now in isolation at the mayoral residence, Hakam said, while F was in self-isolation at home as she had to take care of her mother, who had also been infected with the virus and had just returned from the hospital.“F is the only child, so she doesn’t have any siblings to take care of her mother,” Hakam said.Moreover, he said, the task force was also considering the psychological health of F’s mother, whose husband had died recently.Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihadi said he had coordinated with the Semarang Health Agency and other stakeholders in handling the case.“This is just a misunderstanding between neighbors whose conversation was spread through [WhatsApp],” Hendrar said, as he called on the public not to worry about this incident.In an interview with Kompas TV, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo admitted that many residents still had poor understanding of COVID-19, while some were upset or confused about the situation.“If you witness such cases, report them to the nearest local officials or contact me directly through social media,” Ganjar said.According to a regional regulation on the management of infectious diseases, Ganjar said, health protocol violators could be charged with six years of imprisonment or a fine of Rp 50 million (US$3,380). (syk)Topics : In the conversation, F reportedly convinced L that it was okay to travel without regard for health protocol. She said one of her neighbors who had also contracted the virus had been going out as well.Semarang Health Agency head Abdul Hakam said the local COVID-19 task force had examined the two residents.At around 5 p.m. they had been brought by ambulance to the official residence of the Mayor, Abdul told tribunnews.com on Saturday.The residence is currently being used as an isolation facility. read more
Pension funds will be unwilling to take part in a further holistic balance sheet (HBS) impact assessment until the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) decides how to treat existing deficits, the supervisor has been told.The recently concluded HBS consultation said EIOPA would consider the possibility of “grandfathering”, so that any changes would only affect future defined benefit (DB) accrual.In their responses, pension associations and consultancies argued that the matter would need to be resolved before the supervisor pushed ahead with a further quantitative impact study (QIS), but warned that any exemption would undermine the purpose of the HBS.Aon Hewitt argued that its clients would be “unwilling to invest significant time, cost and resources” in a future QIS until the treatment of past accrual were decided, especially in light of the previous study assessing a shortfall of €450bn across IORPs in the European Economic Area (EEA). “In the short term, EIOPA should advise the [European Commission] on how a long transition or exemption could work in practice,” the consultancy added.“This would be supported by the EEA pensions industry, and then there is more likely to be greater engagement in any subsequent QIS work.”EIOPA’s occupational pensions stakeholder group (OPSG) agreed that there would either be a need for prolonged transitional periods, or potentially grandfathering, or the introduction of new pension contracts, depending on the system.“Very long transitional periods are not recommended but, in some cases, may be absolutely necessary under some supervisory frameworks,” the group said.“Therefore, the choice of the supervisory framework should be evaluated also compared with the duration of transitional periods.”For its part, PensionsEurope said it would welcome both grandfathering and long transitional periods for the introduction of the HBS, while the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) supported grandfathering but warned that it could threaten the very purpose of the HBS.It noted that the approach would leave out of its scope funds no longer open to accrual – the large majority of UK DB funds – which were never designed to deal with an HBS.“This approach would, of course, reduce the effectiveness of the HBS as a means of protecting the full range of members’ benefits and, therefore, call into question the value of the whole exercise,” it said.“But – as explained in this response – the NAPF is confident members’ benefits in the UK already enjoy robust protection.”Respondents also warned that the HBS was being undermined by the flexibility being proposed by EIOPA in the wake of fierce industry resistance. read more
“Favourable demographic developments and the fact that the pension system is relatively young may explain, to a large extent, this rapid growth of the system,” she said.Matthíasardóttir said: “The outlook for the Icelandic pension system is that it will more than double in size relative to GDP in the coming years.”Because of this, she said, the country’s pension funds had a great responsibility, and their systematic importance meant they had to move with the times and to continue contributing to the positive development of Icelandic society.Looking back, she said pension funds in Iceland had seen big asset allocation changes in the first years of this century, with a more diverse mix of asset classes taking over from government bonds, which had been the mainstay of portfolios until then.Matthíasardóttir’s article shows how the 2008 financial crisis has had a lasting impact on the size and nature of the domestic stock market.The market value of listed equity is now around ISK1.2tn (€8.6bn) compared to approximately ISK3.6tn in the summer of 2007, she wrote. Over the same time period, the pension system has expanded to ISK5trn from ISK1.6trn.The domestic bond market, meanwhile, has a market value of some ISK2.5trn, compared to ISK1.4trn in 2007, she said.While significantly smaller, though, Matthíasardóttir said the stockmarket in Iceland now reflected the economy as a whole much more accurately than it did when the market was dominated by a few large financial institutions.“Corporate bond issuance has increased, driven by increased demand from the domestic pension funds in light of the low interest rates on less risky assets, such as government bonds,” she said.Matthíasardóttir also pointed to another relatively new asset allocation direction pension funds had taken, saying they now look more to other factors than regular financial factors when evaluating investments.“The ideology of responsible investments has emerged and the pension funds have been actively involved in both the development and implementation of the methodology in Iceland and issuance of sustainable bonds has followed,” she said. The funded Icelandic pension system – already the world’s third largest relative to gross domestic product (GDP) – is set to more than double in size in the next few years, with total assets equating to as much as 320% of the island’s annual economic output, according to the manager of one pension fund.Diljá Matthíasardóttir, institutional asset management specialist at Arion bank, which has a mandate to run the independent pension fund Frjálsi, said in an article published in local newspaper Morgunblaðið: “The investment environment of the Icelandic pension funds and their portfolios has changed dramatically over the past few decades.”The funds had grown rapidly and this trend looked set to continue unabated, she said.The Icelandic pension fund system was now the third largest among OECD countries relative to GDP, Matthíasardóttir said, with the ratio of the funds’ total assets to GDP having grown to 161% at the end of 2018 from 112% 10 years before. read more
It is too bad that we do not have the baseball traditions that once abounded in this area in the past. There have been three families that come to mind in the great tradition of the Tri-County League of years gone by. The first family was the Wissels. There were at least 5 of them who played baseball at one time in the area before the family relocated to Richmond. Pete, Joe, and Lee were three that I can remember. One of the sons spent several years in pro baseball, but he could never quite crack the majors. They grew up west of town where the Alpine Berry Farm is now located. The Wennings had quite a group going as well. Ralph, Moon, and Don are three names that come to mind here. Ralph and Don still call Batesville home. Like most families, you can get several versions on who was the best of the group. The third family is the Werners. Bob, Floyd, and Ray all played for Oldenburg. Bob, who is deceased, played in the minor leagues at one time. Floyd and Ray along with Bob all played out field and manned it quite well. I know that there are younger families who all played baseball, but for most of them, the playing stopped in high school. It is a shame that we don’t have the adult leagues any more. read more
INDIANAPOLIS – Don Snemis, Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), announced that all BMV license branches will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday.All license branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday.For a complete list of branch locations and hours, visit the BMV website.
Questions can be directed to Executive Director of Competition Dave Brenn. “We will add wording to the 2021 rules for both divisions so there will be no confusion or doubt where the nosepiece must be and that will be centered on the race car,” he added. “With the shortened racing season and unanticipated volume of Modifieds and Northern SportMods this impacts, we feel it is in the best interest of our members in these divisions to extend the deadline,” stated IMCA President Brett Root. “These repairs are time consuming and can be costly. Because we do not believe it is a performance enhancing issue, we will extend the deadline and focus on notifying drivers we see competing with these cars.” VINTON, Iowa – IMCA has extended the deadline for Modified and Northern SportMod drivers with offset nosepieces to comply with divisional rules from Aug. 14 to opening night of the 2021 race season.